The report discusses the selection and assessment of seven (7) types of vertical movement devices for potential use in older types of fixed rail urban mass transit facilities. The potential utilization of these devices is directed towards an increased usage of transit facilities by physically handicapped and elderly persons. The study concentrates on the technical and cost considerations in the implementation and utilization of various standard (e.g., elevators, escalators, moving walks) and non-standard (e.g., inclined stairlifts, stair climbing wheel chairs) vertical movement devices in providing access and egress for elderly and handicapped persons to three (3) configurations of rapid-rail stations typically found in the older transit systems of the United States. The general conclusion reached in the study is that each station has its own unique character and unique access/egress problems which restrict or enhance the implementation of specific types of vertical movement devices. Hence, the determination of the device option which is technically most effective for a given station, must await the results of a detailed architectural study of the individual station under consideration.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Transportation Systems Center

    55 Broadway, Kendall Square
    Cambridge, MA  United States  02142

    Urban Mass Transportation Administration

    Office of Research and Development
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Kangas, R
    • Mann, R
    • Glater, D
    • Cofield, C
    • Bottari, J
  • Publication Date: 1976-2

Media Info

  • Pagination: 100 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00133438
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: DOT-TSC-UMTA-75-25 Final Rpt., UMTA-MA-06-0047-75-1
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jul 13 1981 12:00AM